Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade Sets Sail Next Week

Locals can register their vessels for the upcoming Twenty-Eighth Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade by November 29

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center parade boat. Photo by Leonard Bryant Photography
Loggerhead Marinelife Center parade boat. Photo by Leonard Bryant Photography

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) will host the return of the Twenty-Eighth Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and toy drive December 3, setting sail at 6 p.m. Presented by Compass, the parade will benefit Toys for Tots and Little Smiles.

Parade boat passing the Jupiter Lighthouse. Photo by Susan Speaks McGirt Photography
Parade boat passing the Jupiter Lighthouse. Photo by Susan Speaks McGirt Photography

Kicking off at 6 p.m., a floating Zambelli fireworks display will lead the parade along the Intracoastal Waterway, from Safe Harbor North Palm Beach Marina to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The free, family-friendly event will feature 80 boats of all sizes decked out with decorations and thousands of holiday lights. The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County will collect toys by land and sea for Toys for Tots and Little Smiles. During the first week of November, donation boxes were placed throughout the county for toy drop-offs. Toys will also be collected from docks along the boat parade route. Last year, the organization received nearly 13,000 toys.

Locals can register their boats and be part of this holiday tradition. A panel of judges will evaluate each vessel based on lights, enthusiasm, and themed decor, and participating vessels are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in cash and prizes. All vessels must be registered by November 29. Entry is free with a $40 refundable deposit. For more information, click here or call (561) 863-0012.

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